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New China-Europe freight train service links Changsha with Lavia

Updated:2022-05-05 08:38:30

At 5:55 on April 27, a China-Europe freight train departed from the Changsha International Railway Port for a European country, Latvia, which is 6,138 kilometers away. This is the first such train that links Changsha with Lavia. This marked that the China-Europe freight train service in Changsha has further expanded and enriched its routes while maintaining stable operations. This helps enhance the capacity for driving the development of Changsha and the countries along the Baltic Sea.

Latvia is located in the northeast of Europe and adjacent to the Baltic Sea in the west. It is the crossroads connecting Northern and Eastern Europe and an important hub connecting Nordic countries via the Baltic Sea. It is also one of the most convenient logistics hubs for transporting goods from Asia to Europe.

The first train carried 50 containers of goods including hardware and daily necessities. The goods were worth 4.1043 million dollars and weighed 952.9 tons. The train will leave China via Erenhot and pass through Mongolia and Russia. It is expected to arrive in Latvia in 17 days. In the context of the complex and volatile trade environment and the tense conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the new route will become another green and efficient international transport channel between China and the Baltic Sea region of Europe, offering a new choice to stabilize the industrial chain and supply chain.

Under the dual influence of the domestic epidemic and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Logistics Office of the Changsha Municipal People’s Government organized Hunan Central South China International Land Port Co., Ltd. to actively study countermeasures, to ensure the stable operations of the China-Europe freight trains. From January 1, 2022 to April 27, 2022, a total of 319 freight train trips from Changsha to Europe have been made, carrying 13,127 containers.

To date, Changsha has operated outbound trains to countries and regions including Russia, Minsk, Malaszewicze, Budapest and Central Asia, and inbound trains from countries and regions including Central Asia and Russia. Two or three trains are operated every day. The city’s international combined transport network has been further expanded, covering nearly 30 countries and regions in Asia and Europe, and two-thirds of regions in China.